8 things you may not know about Yemen

1. Where is Yemen?

Yemen is a country in Western Asia located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. 

It's bordered on two sides by water - the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden - and by Saudi Arabia to the north and Oman to the east. 

It is the poorest country in the Middle East. 

2. Yemen is a place of religious importance and steeped in history.

According to the Bible, Noah knew it as “the land of milk and honey” and the Three Wise Men presented the infant Jesus with myrrh and frankincense from its mountains.

Some claim it is also the Queen of Sheba's home.

3. Yemen was known for Frankincense and myrrh.

Frankincense and myrrh are two luxury items that Yemen was known for.

Nowadays, it is crude oil and coffee.

4. Yemen spiralled into civil war in 2014.

In 2011, waves of protests, inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, forced then-President Ali Abdallah Saleh to resign.

The country spiralled into civil war in 2014 and, despite peace initiatives, fighting continues today.

5. Yemen has a young population.

41% of Yemenis are under the age of 15, compared to around 18% in the UK.

6. Yemen has the world's worst cholera outbreak.

Today Yemen is experiencing the world’s worst Cholera outbreak – 1 in every 51 Yemenis has been infected.

7. Millions of people are displaced.

Since the fighting started, 3 million people have been internally displaced.

8. There's a humanitarian crisis.

60% of the population are food insecure and 76% of the population are in need of humanitarian aid.

You can help children and families in Yemen. 

The children of Yemen are paying a deadly price.

Our team in Yemen is providing lifesaving food vouchers to some of the most vulnerable families affected by the conflict.

There is still time to donate to our Yemen Appeal.

Three ways you can help